Don't miss Sunday's Auction
One of the finest bike collections in the UK will go up for sale this September as premier auction house Bonhams are set to sell 74 rare and fascinating machines at the show. All from a single collector the list of bikes is simply gob smacking.
One of the rarest and most interesting machines in the sale is a 1969 Honda CB750. This early model is one of only around 1000 CB750’s fitted with gravity cast crankcases (sometimes incorrectly referred to as sandcast). These machines were mostly hand built in California as Honda wanted to test the market for the first superbike. Meticulously restored and showing 11299 recorded miles the auction guide price is £20-30K.
Two more Japanese machines sure to prick the attention of collectors are a 1972 Kawasaki Z1 and a 1977 Yamaha RD400. The Kawasaki is one of a pair of Z1’s in the sale, with just 317 miles since restoration the condition is superb. Incredibly the other Z1 in the auction is the machine that rolled off the production line behind in 1972, the bikes frame numbers showing 00212 and 00213. Both Z1’s have a guide prices of £12-18K each.
Yamaha’s RD400 was the original banzai hooligan machine and this lightly restored example from 1977 is in original trim complete with the much loved speedblock paint scheme. Matching frame and engine numbers, the guide price is a tempting £3800-4800.
If you prefer your bikes unrestored and showing some age a very original US spec 1966 Triumph T120R could be your bag. Prior to the current owner the bike had been in the same family from new and is showing a remarkably low 6236 miles on the clock. Even the seat vinyl appears to be original and the whole bike has a wonderfully subtle patina. The auction guide price is £10-15K
Lovers of Italian exotica aren’t left out of the Bonhams auction with no less than six MV Agusta’s up for grabs plus a stunning 1975 Laverda SFC Electronica and a sublime 1976 Ducati 900SS.
The Laverda SFC is the later disc brake model, it comes with an ASI certificate of authenticity and an estimate sale price of £24-38K. The Ducati 900SS is showing just 2485 recorded miles and the excellent condition certainly reflects that. Still one of the most beautiful machines ever built the 900SS has a guide price of £25-35K.
The above is just a taste of this incredible auction and we’ll be revealing more machines in the weeks leading up to the event. The Bonhams auction takes place on Sunday September 23 with viewing on Saturday September 22. Entry to the auction is by catalogue purchase only, catalogues cost £20 and admit two people into the auction area.